Master Gardeners host microplastic program in Santa Rosa Beach Sept. 5

August 27, 2018

The Walton County Master Gardeners invite you to the first installment of their 2018/2019 Lecture Series, “PLASTIC POLLUTION: it’s everybody’s problem x 2.  Dr. Laura Tiu, Marine Science Agent for Walton and Okaloosa Counties will give us an update on the latest issues we face.  She gave an earlier version of this discussion at the DeFuniak Springs Office last year, and now it is being offered at the Coastal Branch.  You will get the latest, correct information.

Microplastics is a term that has been used widely lately, but do you know exactly what they are, and where they can be found?  The rise of plastics use can be traced from the production of celluloid combs of the early 1900’s to the explosion of plastic production after World War II, the introduction of bottled water in the late 1980’s.  After nearly a century of plastic production, we have discovered negative environmental impacts that we never anticipated.  Now the questions are:  how bad is it, and what can we do to combat our plastic addiction?  Discover the dangers of microplastics and how gardeners can adopt sustainable practices to reduce pollutants in the environment.

The program will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Coastal Branch at 70 Logan Lane, in Santa Rosa Beach 32459 on Wednesday September 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM until noon.  The cost will be $5, payable at the door (cash only please). Light refreshments will be served.  Space is limited, and reservations are required.  Please contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu by the Monday before to reserve your place.  We hope to see you there!

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and help with soil samples.  There is an $8 fee, including shipping, to submit soil samples to the University of Florida for analysis.  Master Gardeners are at this location every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until noon.